'He Is a Very Special Guy' - Donald Trump Dismisses John Kelly Controversy

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly arrives on Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a meeting with Democrats

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly arrives on Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a meeting with Democrats

Since he officially replaced Reince Priebus in late July, Kelly began screening all of the President's incoming calls on the White House switchboard.

Federal financing for the program that serves almost 9 million children expired in October and several states are close to exhausting their money, and Congress has passed several short-term patches to keep their programs afloat.

On Thursday morning, it was clear Trump saw Kelly's interview and he didn't like it.

Bannon lasted as White House chief strategist until August, not long after Kelly took over as chief of staff, and he appeared to blow up his relationship with the president after serving as a source for Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury.

The world now knows Steve Bannon tried to position himself as President Trump's puppet master, and now well-regarded Chief of Staff John Kelly implied to Bret Baier he is the one pulling the strings.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Wednesday that President Trump has "changed his attitude" toward a central campaign promise to build an impenetrable southern border wall and force Mexico to pay for it. Until Trump comes to understand that leadership isn't just affirming you've never changed your mind but actually helping decisions get made - or until congressional leaders like McConnell accept that that's never the kind of leader Trump's going to be - it's hard to see how the government avoids a shutdown.

Kelly told Fox News that Trump's views had "evolved" on the proposed border wall and protections for a class of young immigrants.

Kelly did not bring a new proposal from the White House on immigration, Rep. Luis Guiterrez, D-Illinois, said, calling it "unfortunate". "The $20 billion dollar Wall is "peanuts" compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. NAFTA is a bad joke!" referring to the North American Free Trade Agreement that former US President Bill Clinton, negotiated during the 1990s.

A "concrete wall is not a realistic solution in many places", Kelly said - noting that topography, among other issues, makes building a physical wall hard along certain parts of the more than 2,100 miles between the United States and Mexico.

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Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway said earlier this month the president had "discovered" there are rivers, mountains and rugged terrain that aren't conducive to building a wall in some locations.

He said the estimated cost was $20bn (£14bn; 16bn euros); Mr Trump had originally put the figure at $10-$12bn.

Kelly said, "He has evolved in the way he's looked at things".

"Campaigning is very different from governing", he said in the Wednesday night interview. Democrats say they are likely to reject the measure without a fix for the Dreamers.

They remember when Trump promised ad nauseam at campaign rallies across the country in 2016 that Mexico would pay for a wall. Among other clashes, he has repeatedly undercut Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Some lawmakers who met with Kelly on Wednesday recounted his remarks.

"As The Washington Post notes, ".in recent days [he] has reiterated his desire to build a border wall that would be funded by Mexico 'indirectly through NAFTA'". More recently he's told lawmakers that a continuous wall won't be needed after all because of natural barriers. The president has shifted his tone on what the wall might look like, though.

It would include a mix of provisions that will likely attract some votes even as they push others away. Congressional passage must come by Friday to prevent an election-year shutdown of federal agencies that could be damaging to both parties. The wall won't get built because no one seems interested in following anyone so unstable.

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